A cruise of the Galapagos Islands allows you to explore a corner of the world so unique you’ll feel like you’ve left the planet completely. A Galapagos cruise promises to be the experience of a lifetime.
Setting sail from Baltra Island, off the coast of Ecuador on the stunning Celebrity Flora, exploring this untapped part of the world will be a seamless luxury experience. Flora is a cruise ship like no other. Hosting only 100 guests, this luxurious ship boasts all suites staterooms with floor to ceiling windows and water facing king size beds. Michelin star chefs serve up delicious meals in intimate restaurants, bars feature stunning panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, and a glorious sunset lounge deck where you can kick back in the hot tub after a day exploring the islands with a glass of champagne as you watch the sun set over the equator.
A cruise of the Galapagos Islands is a fantastic opportunity to see and learn about the bountiful wildlife that surrounds you. Most days consist of both a morning and an afternoon excursion, all accompanied by naturalists who will give you all the information you could want to know about the environment around you. Snorkelling, hiking, kayaking and coastal excursions are just some of the activities open to you. You’ll get the opportunity to see some fantastic wildlife including sea lions, giant tortoises, humpback whales, marine iguanas and more. The Galapagos Islands is also a haven for keen birdwatchers as a huge variety of birds call the islands home.
Return flights from Dublin to Quito, Ecuador
Internal flights from Quito to Baltra
Transfers from airport to hotel and airport to ship
1 checked bag per person roundtrip
Includes: Full day guided tour of Quito
Quito afternoon shopping tour to local craft market, time permitting
Sky Suite features and cruise services and amenities listed below
Based on 2 adults sharing
Travelling May 2023
Your Cruise Adventure
Transfer to Baltra Islands & Daphne Manor
Egas Port, Santiago Island & Rabida Island
Elizabeth Bay & Tagus Cove, Isabela Island
Sullivan Bay (Santiago Island) & Bartolome Island
Las Bachas, Santa Cruz Island & North Seymour Island
San Cristobal Island - Puerto Baquerizo Moreno & Punta Pitt
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island
Day 1 Transfer to Baltra Islands & Daphne Manor
Fly from Quito in Ecuador to Baltra Islands, from where you will board the luxurious Celebrity Flora. Your bags will arrive at your suite ahead of you so kick back and relax as you sail to Daphne Manor. Daphne is a satellite volcanic cone located north of Santa Cruz Island. The crater floor is an important breeding site for blue-footed boobies. The cliff shore of the island is home for sea lions, pelicans, blue-footed boobies, and tropical birds which can be observed during the circumnavigation of the island.
Day 2 Egas Port, Santiago Island & Rabida Island
First up today is Egas Port. With its black sand beach, coastal tide pools, and blue-water grottoes, this stop offers a wonderful taste of the Galapagos and the opportunity to see shore birds,Galapagos Hawks, sea lions, marine iguanas, and Galapagos fur seals. Sea lions, colorful tropical fish,and sea turtles are often seen while snorkeling. Then its back onto Flora for a spot of lunch as you make your way to the second destination of the day, Rabida Island. A small island south of Santiago, Rabida is best known for its red sand and eroded volcanic landscape. A nesting colony of pelicans makes its home here, along with sea lions and some sea birds.
Day 3 Elizabeth Bay & Tagus Cove, Isabela Island
Elizabeth Bay is one of the westernmost points in the Galapagos. A scenic zodiac ride within this sheltered inlet offers viewing of a wide variety of wildlife and a wonderful mangrove ecosystem. Then in the afternoon you'll visit Tagus Cove. Historically an anchorage for pirates and whalers, this site offers a breathtaking view of Isabela, its volcanoes and spectacular Darwin Lake. Along the shore, seabirds, penguins, sea lions, sea turtles, and nesting flightless cormorants can often be found.
Day 4 Sullivan Bay (Santiago Island) & Bartolome Island
This morning your first stop is Sullivan Bay. During a volcanic eruption in the early 1900’s, this area of Santiago was covered with flowing lava. Today, the hardened fields of black rock create a geologic wonderland. We will take advantage of the cool of early morning for a walk to view strange twisting hardened lava flows, collapse craters, and everyone’s favorite, the hornitos or lava ovens. Tall red scoria cones and pioneer plants also dot this unusual and very young landscape. In the afternoon, you'll visit Bartolome Island, one of the region's most often-photographed views and a spectacular geologic setting. Its barren moon-like volcanic landscapes, spatter cones, and pinnacle rock make for a unique stop. It is also home to the endemic Galapagos penguin and provides an excellent opportunity for snorkeling.
Day 5 Las Bachas, Santa Cruz Island & North Seymour Island
A beautiful white sand beach on the northern coast of Santa Cruz Island. The name “Las Bachas” comes from the mispronunciation of the word "barges" by the local population during the 1950s when WWII barges broke their moorings and ran aground on the beach. This is also one of the largest nesting areas of the Pacific Green Sea Turtle in the Galapagos. A short beach walk brings you to a pond to look for flamingos and other shorebirds. Afterwards, this is a fantastic beach to relax, go for a walk, swim, and maybe practice snorkeling. Then its on to North Seymour Island, a small island just north of Baltra. It is home to the largest colony of frigate birds in the Galapagos. While keeping an eye out for male frigates trying to impress potential mates with an inflated red neck pouch, you may also see blue-footed boobies dancing in a timeless courtship ritual. Sea lions and large land iguanas also roam about this rocky terrain. Excursion options include a guided long, rocky walk, zodiac ride and short easy walk, or simply just a scenic zodiac tour along the coast to view wildlife and the geology of the area.
Day 6 San Cristobal Island - Puerto Baquerizo Moreno & Punta Pitt
Your day on San Cristobal Island begins in the small waterfront town of Puerto Baquerizo, the administrative capital of the islands. Excursion options include a tour of a local interpretation center and time for shopping or a fast-paced long walk to view scenic vistas, followed by a visit to the interpretation center. In the afternoon you'll visit Pitt Point, located on the northeastern tip of San Cristobal Island. After disembarking onto the small green sand beach, you'll hike up to a plateau, where the view and landscape are so spectacular it is well worth the effort. A steep gully leads up the cliff to a breeding ground for all three varieties of boobies: red-footed, blue-footed, and Nazca. It’s one of the few places in the Galapagos where you can see all three species nesting together.
Day 7 Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island
This is the main population center of the islands, andhome to the National Park Service tortoise-breeding center and the Charles Darwin Research Station. You will be able to visit the tortoise-breeding center and walk through the Charles Darwin Research Station.
Day 8Arrive at Baltra Island
Arrive back in Baltra Island and fly back to Quito in Ecuador for your post cruise night in the city.